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    How do you lubricate Rock Shox fork and shock seals?

    I purchased a 2011 Specialized Camber Elite 29er three weeks ago, which is equipped with a Rock Shox Recon Gold fork and an Ario RL shock. The manuals for both of these items says to clean them and lube the seals after each ride. I always clean the seals, stanchions and shock body after each ride, but what do I use to lubricate the seals, stanchions and shock body?

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    You can use a light oil and massage it into the stanchions and shock body with your fingers. Alloy will absorb some of the oil then wipe clean the excess. FinishLine makes a specific "Stanchion Lube" but really any light oil works well.

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    Not any light oil works well. You don't want an oil that has evaporating solvents, such as WD40 or chain lube. You want a non-evaporating oil like suspension fluid or motor oil. I don't bother to lube or oil the seals unless it is part of the "regular maintenance" procedure where you open up the fork/shock to change out the oil.

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    Will Mobile 1 car engine oil work to "Lubricate dust seals and upper tubes"?

    the manual tells me to do it after every ride

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    don't bother because it will just attract more dust

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    I use Pro Link chain lube, with a need type little squeeze applicator. It's a light oil that metal will absorb. On forks you can push the needle down into the seal, give it a couple squirts, cycle the forks a few times and wipe off the tubes with a micro fiber cloth. The shock, I flip the bike upside down, a couple squirts around the seal, cycle a few times and whip off the shock with the same rag. You don't have to do it every ride, but I do clean off the dirt after every ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beanbag View Post
    don't bother because it will just attract more dust
    This^

    If your fork is properly maintained, the oil in the lowers makes its way to the seals to lube them. If your worried about it, flip the bike over and let it sit for a minute to let the bath oil make its way to the seals. This would do more good then anything you put on the stanchion.

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    I use Tri-flow on the stanchions and seals after 2-4 rides wiping the excess off. I do this to both my XC bike w/ a Dart 2 and my DH bike w/ a dual crown Boxxer. Buttery smoothness. I keep the seals on both my forks as clean as possible always. The key to longevity and premature wear. Everyone has their own thing. This is mine.
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    You are wasting Tri-Flow. It isn't doing anything good on the outside of a seal designed to keep oil in.

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